Grain-Free + Dairy-Free, Paleo, Vegan Option 🍒
Happy Monday! Are you ready to talk pie? I know I am, because this is my new favorite. I’m seriously obsessed, I mean look at that filling!!! I just had no idea about the true magic behind the cherry-cranberry union. Not only is it beautiful aesthetically with it’s gorgeous reds, but the flavor combination is glorious. And this pie is deliciously sweet yet tastefully tart and the dash of cinnamon and vanilla put the perfect holiday spin on it. This would make an excellent dessert for your holiday dinner table!
-You can find instructional photos on how to roll out the crust here .
-The vegan version of this pie uses agar powder instead of gelatin, that is the only substitute.
-I usually just cut vent holes in my covered pies-it looks lovely and serves the purpose well.
-If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to achieve the look pictured here, you can purchase this Lattice Pie Top Cutter that I used. Grain-Free crust is a little trickier to work with as it is stickier. So if you use the Lattice Cutter, make sure to dust it and your dough with potato starch and press the cutouts through before lifting the cutter off the dough. Then you can remove the cutouts with a knife. After that, it’s a swift but careful flip of the dough onto the pie and you can mend any breaks with a touch of water. That’s the beauty of the grain-free dough, it’s a bit like working with clay—you can reshape it as you wish.
Let’s head to the recipe and get started, Happy Baking!
- 2 2/3 cups almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, ghee or (Earth Balance for vegan version)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp cold water
- 3 cups Frozen Cherries
- 1 1/2 cups Fresh Cranberries
- 3/4 cup Coconut Sugar
- 2.5 tablespoons Tapioca Starch
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1.5 teaspoons gelatin (or 1 tsp agar powder for vegan)
- zest of one half an orange
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
**full fat coconut milk to be used as “egg” wash (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- For The Filling:
- In a medium to large bowl, add cherries and fresh cranberries. Add orange zest and juice, vanilla extract and toss until evenly combined. (If cherries and berries are frozen, allow them to come to room temp, do not discard liquid).
- In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the coconut sugar, tapioca starch, cinnamon and gelatin.
- Pour dry mixture over cranberry/cherry mix and toss again. Set aside.
- For The Crust:
- Whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch and salt.
- Cut butter into flour, making sure no pieces are larger than pea size.
- Slowly add your cold water into your flour/butter blend until dough has formed. (You can mix by hand or food processor if preferred). It will be stickier and more pliable than traditional dough–similar to play-doh. Let dough rest for a few minutes, it will thicken slightly.
- Press half of the dough into the pie pan and work dough up the sides and around the edges. You may find it easier to work with the dough if you dip your fingers into water first. I keep a small cup by my working station. (Alternatively, you can roll the dough in-between two pieces of parchment paper, remove top layer and turn over onto pie pan and make any necessary adjustments.
- Pour filling into prepared pan.
- Roll out the remaining half of the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. (And not too thin, you want a little thickness for the top layer, it will be easier to work with).
- Peel off top layer of parchment paper. Swiftly and carefully turn rolled dough onto pie. Peel back the paper and trim excess. It’s ok if there are cracks, they can be fixed by dipping your fingers into water and mending.
- Make a few vent holes and brush with full fat coconut milk as an “egg” wash if desired. Sprinkle the top with coarse coconut sugar, flute edges and carefully place pie into oven for 45-60 minutes (my oven takes closer to 60 minutes, but start checking in at 30 minutes). I like to place aluminum foil or a pie crust shield around the edges at this point to avoid outer edge burning.
- Let pie cool before serving as the filling will set during the cooling process. Enjoy!!
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cook Time: 50 min
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